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A Free Man of Color

(1997)
(The first book in the Benjamin January series)
A novel by

 
 
A lush and haunting novel of a city steeped in decadent pleasures...and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.

It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d'Orleans when the evenings festivities are interrupted--by murder.

Ravishing Angelique Crozat, a notorious octoroon who travels in the city's finest company, has been strangled to death. With the authorities reluctant to become involved, Ben begins his own inquiry, which will take him through the seamy haunts of riverboatmen and into the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves.

But soon the eyes of suspicion turn toward Ben--for, black as the slave who fathered him, this free man of color is still the perfect scapegoat....



Genre: Historical Mystery

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Used availability for Barbara Hambly's A Free Man of Color

Hardback Editions

June 1998 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Free Man of Color
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-613-70716-8 / 978-0-613-70716-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
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June 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-553-10258-3 / 978-0-553-10258-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Paperback Editions

June 1998 : USA Paperback

Title: A Free Man of Color
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-606-28794-9 / 978-0-606-28794-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-553-57526-0 / 978-0-553-57526-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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November 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Free Man of Color (A Benjamin January Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Bantam
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